Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau has called for investment in the digitisation of courts to enhance its efficiency in the country.
The governor made the call , at the swearing in ceremony of Justice Sati Dabit as the Ag President of the Customary Court of Appeal on Wednesday at Government House Jos.
“The experience we have garnered from COVID-19 has further reinforced the need for us to invest towards digitizing our courts and also ensuring that Information Communication Technology (ICT) platforms are available for use to further enhance the efficiency of our Courts.
“My administration will continue to work with the Judiciary and Legislature, to ensure that our Courts are made conducive for judges and staff as well as all those who come to access justice or other services,” he said.
Lalong urged judicial officers, especially Judges to uphold justice and equity in the discharge of their duties, as the Judiciary is a critical pillar of democracy and the only hope for justice for Nigerians.
He said that the sanctity, integrity and independence of the Judiciary must be defended at all costs to forestall chaos, anomie and instability, urging the Ag president and his Staff to tow that path.
The governor urged Plateau people to pray for the judge as his new position was a huge responsibility that should be discharged according to the Constitution and the oath of office he had taken.
He expressed confidence that Dabit’s experience and record of service, was an indication that he would perform well in his duties of justice delivery and reform of the judiciary for more effectiveness.
“My Lords, we are aware of the challenges of our judiciary and the need to ensure that it is transformed to be in tandem with the realities of the day and the yearnings of the people, particularly in ensuring quick dispensation of justice,” he said.
He assured the judiciary of a cordial working relationship with Plateau government for the benefit of its people and progress of the state.
“I charge your Lordship to resist any attempt to compromise your integrity and that of the Court and to abhor any act that is against the Constitution and dictates of your professional calling,” he said.
Responding, Justice Dabit, the new Ag President promised to discharge his duties guided by Nigerian laws and constitution.
He noted that the society looked up to the court to get justice, saying he would ensure that the customary court being a grassroots court achieved such objective.
Dabit appreciated the Plateau Government and People for the opportunity to serve as the Ag President of the court, saying he would not disappoint them in discharging his duties.
Correspondent reports that Justice Dabit was sworn in as Ag President of the Customary Court of Appeal in Plateau, following the retirement of Justice Julia Kyentu on Friday, June 26th.